Emirates Team New Zealand hits 40.62 knots

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Emirates Team New Zealand today scored its fourth point in four races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series.

Skipper Dean Barker and the Kiwi crew sailed the course unopposed because its scheduled opponent, Artemis Racing, is still assembling its AC72. Yesterday, the Swedish team said it hopes to be on the water by next weekend.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailed the five-leg, 9.89-nautical-mile America’s Cup course in 25 minutes, 56 seconds. It reached a top speed of 40.62 knots on the final reaching leg to the finish.

UPDATE: 1150 hours

Although today’s race isn’t being broadcast on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, there are alternative means available to follow Emirates Team New Zealand’s progression around the race track: the official America’s Cup app and Virtual Eye.

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Emirates Team New Zealand will sail the short, five-leg America’s Cup course today in a solo race expected to last approximately 25 minutes. Wind conditions are forecast to be between 18 and 20 knots from 230 degrees (SW).

Regatta Director Iain Murray said at his morning briefing that the tide is still in a flood mode today and a wind correction factor of 1.6 knots has been added to the 20-knot wind limit. He also expects the wind to get stronger later in the day.

“Fingers crossed we’ll sneak in. We do expect the wind to exceed the limit later today,” Murray said. “The decision to go to a 1215 start through July, in hindsight, has been a good decision. Hopefully that holds true today.”

Since today’s race is a one boat affair it will not be broadcast on YouTube. But there are other methods available to follow the Kiwis around the race track. There’s the official America’s Cup app and Virtual Eye.

Emirates Team New Zealand Crew list
Skipper: Dean Barker, Tactician: Ray Davies, Wing trimmer: Glenn Ashby, Trimmer: James Dagg, Bow: Adam Beashel, Pit: Jeremy Lomas, Grinders: Chris Ward, Rob Waddell, Grant Dalton, Winston MacFarlane, Floater/Grinder: Derek Saward

0815 update

Today at the America's Cup

America's Cup Park

10:00am - America’s Cup Park opens to the public
10:45 (approx) - AC72 Fly-by: Emirates Team New Zealand
12-1:00pm - “America’s Cup Magazine Show” with Andy Green & Tucker Thompson plus guests - North Point
12:15pm - Live Racing Begins, Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Artemis Racing
1:30pm - Kids World Tour, meet by the ‘A’ at the Main Entrance
1:30-2:30pm - America’s Cup Trophy on Display - Flying on Water
2-2:30 - Poster Signing with Team Representatives
2-4:00 - Jazz Quartet featuring Colin Hogan of Jazz Mafia - Presentation Stage
2:30-3pm - America’s Cup Trophy on Display - Main Entrance by the ‘A’
4-8:00pm - Sunday Party with Red Wine DJs @ PUMA Yard
7:00pm - America’s Cup Park closes
‘Til Late - PUMA YARD, America’s Cup Sports Bar & merchandise stores may stay open until 11pm

America's Cup Village

10:00am - America’s Cup Village opens
10-11am - Film: Americas Cup Discovered - on the Big Screen
11-11:45am - America’s Cup Trophy on Display
11:15am - AC72 Fly-by: Emirates Team New Zealand
11:15-1pm - Live Pre-Race and Racing Commentary by Bob Billingham
12:15pm - Live Racing Begins: Emirates Team New Zealand vs. Artemis Racing
1-1:15pm - Post-Race Run Down with Bob Billingham
1:15-6pm - America’s Cup Discovered Film on the Big Screen, with music in the Beer Garden and Deck
6:00pm - America's Cup Village closes

ORIGINAL POST: 0800 hours

Emirates Team New Zealand returns to the racecourse today for the second race of round two of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series. Unfortunately, the series leader will be racing unopposed.

The Kiwis, winners by five and a half minutes of yesterday’s race versus Luna Rossa Challenge, are scheduled against Artemis Racing. But the Swedish team is still in the boatshed assembling its second AC72.

So the Kiwis return to action, looking to score their fourth point from four races. Tactician Ray Davies said after yesterday’s race that despite the large time differences, there’s still plenty to learn on the racecourse.

“It all happens pretty quickly in multihulls and high-performance boats. You sail your own race quite often, and can’t afford to worry too much about your opponent,” Davies said. “As soon as you get 30 seconds or a minute head start, you look after yourself at that point. You keep an eye out and learn more about the course when you see the angles on the other boats, but you have to worry about your own race.”

Today’s race is scheduled to start at 12:15 pm PT. It won’t be broadcast on YouTube because only one boat will be on the racecourse.